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Hymenoptera: The Natural History and Diversity of Wasps, Bees and Ants

by Marshall, S.A.

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  • Catalogue No : 51205
  • ISBN : 9780228103714
  • Published : MAY 2023
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : c. 640

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Comprehensive and packed with richly illustrated keys and thousands of colour photographs identified with help from nearly 100 of the world’s best hymenopterists, this volume provides the reader with a colourful and enjoyable introduction to a huge group of organisms, along with an overview of the diversity of fascinating families included in the group. Marshall opens with a description of what makes a wasp a wasp, and then introduces the diversity, importance and natural history of the order with copious examples and explanations. Topics include the life histories of wasps, hymenoptera and plants, hymenoptera in history, culture and fiction, kleptoparasitism, and many more.

Part two of Hymenoptera is a guided tour of the diversity of the order, with fascinating stops for almost all of the world’s 100 or so families of wasps as well as most of the significant subfamilies. Thousands of photographs, almost all taken in the field by the author, are used to capture the range of form and function in each family, with pages of photographs of the popular groups — such as bees, hornets and ants — but also with little-known groups ranging from pincer wasps to fairyflies. Essential information about importance, range, behaviour and biology is provided for each group, and easy-to-use photographic key to most families are provided for those wishing to use the book as an identification guide.

Like Marshall’s companion titles, Hymenoptera will be welcomed by the scientific, academic and naturalist communities, as well as the next generation of entomologists. Stephen A. Marshall is a Professor Emeritus at University of Guelph,

Ontario. He has discovered hundreds of taxa new to science andpublished over 200 papers on insect systematics and biodiversity.

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